Revisiting the 2008 Election: Reflections on the Jewish Vote

By Steven F. Windmueller

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), May 15, 2009

Despite a strong effort to portray the 2008 presidential election as a watershed moment in redefining the Jewish vote, the author reports that American Jews remain overwhelmingly liberal and Democratic. Still, he notes, the 2008 election evoked a significant and at times heated debate within the Jewish community over which presidential candidate would best serve Jewish interests. A number of specific personalities and issues seemed to define the campaign for Jewish voters, the author contends, including Senator Obama's pastor, Jeremiah Wright; the nomination of Governor Sarah Palin as Republican vice-presidential candidate; the political "wars" among Jewish groups; the role of political elites in seeking to shape Jewish political opinion; and an array of "myths and messages" that were conveyed within the community about the candidates.

Topic: Political Behavior, Jewish Organizations, Politics, Israel Advocacy, Hasbara

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Windmueller, Steven F. Revisiting the 2008 Election: Reflections on the Jewish Vote. Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). 15 May 2009:


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